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Landscapes and Desire - Catherine Tuck & Alun Bull
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I bought this yesterday as secondhand, (£3.50) the price at £20 is a bit prohibitive otherwise. The photos are very good, the thesis of the sexuality of stones is explored, to me at least a well worn theme, and the emphasis is on the priapic of standing stones.. But she has read Julian Cope, Aubrey Burl, Richard Bradley and Michael Dame.

The authors spent three years hunting out 'Britain's sexually inspired sites' not all of them stones of course. It's coffee book style but fascinating, the stone phallus found at Knowth is something I hadn't seen before, it is an object rather than a symbol on stone, (Dame's mentions similar stuff found round Windmill Hill I think and of course Grimes Graves). Not sure I follow the trend of thought that says rockart is all sexually inspired but given than it was found with all those beautifully decorated stones symbolism can mean many things.

Birth, death and sex tied up with fertility, renewal and rebirth are always ongoing topics; from the 'womb to the tomb' is one to think on about here I found Cuween Hill tomb which should
properly be called tomb of the dogs for the 24 dog skulls there, and Kilmartin valley which I am reading up at the moment and which I want to visit in the future, has the Dunchraigraig Cairn on TMA and this video gives some idea of the smallness of the chamber inside....[...]-cairn-kilmartin-scotland.html

JC describes it thus 'a mother slit in the side of the big cairn belly'[...]e-Catherine-Tuck/dp/0750929391

So there I was going to be miffy about this book, but in reality have been on a virtual mind exploration of both TMA and the book - so yes its a good book ;)

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Posted by moss
4th July 2011ce

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Books of possible interest (Littlestone)

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